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May 6, 2014

Ardmore, Athens qualify for state golf

— Lee Hodges shot a 2-under par 70 at Point Mallard Monday to earn low-medalist honors and lead his team to another state tournament appearance.

Ardmore shot 335 as a team to qualify for its third consecutive state tournament as a team.

“He was the only kid to break par, so it was a little tougher than everyone expected,” said Ardmore golf coach John South. “It took some of the kids a little while to get adjusted.”

Andrew Eakes had one of his best performances this season with a 3-over 75 to help Ardmore advance. Ty beck shot a 94 while Cole Camp shot a 96 for the Tigers.

Guntersville won the 4A sub-state tournament with a 302. Fairview tied Ardmore with a 335 team score.

Ardmore will have one last shot at a championship at next week’s state tournament on the Robert Trent Jones Legislator course at the Capitol Hill complex in Prattville. He has competed either as an individual or with the team at the state tournament for the last four years.

“The thing with Lee is golf is pretty much year-round for him,” said South. “When other kids are just getting started, he had been playing during the winter. He is focused in. I knew when I heard his score, the course must be tough. He’s not going to miss many fairways for greens.”

A UAB commitment, Hodges played the course where this year’s state tournament will be held last year with teammates Andrew Eakes

“He has played that course several times,” said South. “I’m sure he will go in feeling confident that he will have a shot.”

The two-day, 36 hole state tournament begins Monday, May 12.

Athens also advanced to the state golf tournament with a second-place finish at the 5A sub-state tournament held at Cherokee Ridge in Arab Monday.

James Medley led Athens with a 72, second overall at the tournament. Also helping Athens with its 319-team score were Andrew Fikes (80), Justin Vincent (81) and Reid Baggett (86).

 

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